Proscar is a medication that is used to shrink enlarged prostates in men. Also known as Finasteride, this medication can be used alongside other medications.
How it works
Prostate growth is caused by DHT, which is a natural body hormone. This medication works by reducing the amount of DHT in the body.
The medication is mainly used to treat benign prostatic dysplasia. It is effective in alleviating various symptoms of this condition. Consuming this drug can decrease your urge to urinate and can result in better urine flow. It is important to note that this medication should not be used to prevent prostate cancer.
The dosage and the dose schedule must be determined by a physician according to your medical condition and response to the treatment. You must not make any alterations to the dosage without consulting with your physician. Do not think that increasing the dosage will enhance the effectiveness of the medication. This will only enhance the risk of side effects to a greater degree. If you wish to make any changes to the prescription, you need to consult with your healthcare provider first.
In order to experience the best effects of this medication, you need to consume the medication as regularly as possible. Therefore, you cannot afford to miss your doses under any circumstance. If you accidently miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is too close to the next dose, then skip the missed dose.
If you keep forgetting your dose, then set a reminder or take the medication at the same time every day. This will help you remember. Furthermore, if you wish to terminate the treatment, do not do it abruptly. You need to inform your medical doctor first and then follow his or her instructions.
When consuming this medication, it is common for men to experience a decreased interest in sex. In certain individuals, this medication can also reduce the amount of semen released during ejaculation. Even though this is completely harmless, this side effect might persist even after the termination of the treatment.
In certain cases, this medication can also increase hair growth. Apart from this, you may also experience some serious side effects such as nipple discharge, lump in the breast, pain in the testicles and inability to urinate. If you do feel any of the above, make sure to immediately inform your physician.
If you wish to avoid the above side effects, you need to adhere to the following side effects throughout the treatment period.
Before taking this medication, make sure that you are not allergic to it.
Inform your doctor about your medical history – specifically if you suffered from a liver disease or urinary problems in the past.
Do not give this medication to children.
This medication can be easily absorbed by the skin. Therefore, it should not be handled by women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If a developing male infant is exposed to this medication, it can cause abnormalities in the genitals.